Longtime WWE Ring Announcer and new Ring Announcer for All Elite Wrestling, Justin Roberts recently spoke to Chris Van Vliet about what to expect from AEW, his most iconic call, and his decision to leave WWE.
Chris sent the following transcribed highlights from the episode to eWrestlingNews. You can hear the full episode on YouTube, embedded above.
Justin talks Brandi Rhodes reaching out to him for AEW:
“I did ALL IN in September and that was awesome. That was an amazing show, I had a great time and then I got a call and they said ‘Hey are you available to do some other stuff if anything pops up?’ I said ‘Yep’ and then I got a text from Brandi Rhodes and she asked me about doing it and I said absolutely, I would love to.”
Justin talks about stylistic changes in his announcing for All Elite Wrestling:
“I don’t practice or rehearse anything but I have to be honest with you, as soon as I found out I was going to be doing this, ideas started coming into my head and I do have some ideas that are somewhat based on what I did at ALL IN. When I watch ALL IN I think about things I could have done better and you critique everything. That’s how I’ve always tried to grow as an announcer. I do have some ideas that I’d like to try that maybe aren’t so traditional and as long as the company is cool with me trying these different announcements. It’s exciting to think about not just being standard and giving the same introduction to everybody, I don’t want to do that. I want to make the announcement appeal to each wrestler that is coming out.”
Justin explains what changed leading to his exit from WWE:
“A lot. I got to live out the dream. There was good, there was bad, there was everything, but that’s going to happen. Nothing is ever going to be perfect, you’re going to get good and bad. I’ve really just had a chance to relax and get my head together and spend a lot of time with my family and as I like to say just come back down to earth. I’m really just in a good place and excited again to jump back into wrestling. I needed to step away for a bit and just kind of lay low and take very short term gigs as they popped up and not take anything long term until I really found what I loved. I’ve enjoyed everything that I’ve done but I love wrestling and I’m really optimistic and excited about getting back in with AEW.”
Justin on what he expects from AEW:
“I look at the company from a fan’s perspective. I’m looking at this as my own hopes and assumptions because I don’t know. I don’t ask anything, I’m not told anything. I don’t know what the plans are. I would hope that there are characters that I can get behind as a fan and storylines that I just get wrapped up in and I’m following from week to week. That’s what I’m really looking forward to, sitting at ringside watching every event.”
Justin Roberts on his career-defining moment:
“I think back to the Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker match at WrestleMania 30 where Brock ended the streak, I didn’t know the outcome. So when I made the announcement, it was a real announcement you know? There was about a minute pause. Usually, it’s the bell and then the announcement and when the bell rang my stomach dropped. I looked around like ‘Is this a mistake?’ I didn’t know. I just sat there and after a minute Mark Yeaton the timekeeper gave me the cue to make the announcement so I said ‘Here’s your winner’. I always say that was one of my biggest post-match announcements that got the most minimal reaction. It wasn’t everybody booing, it wasn’t everybody cheering, it was like ‘huh?’ It was different.”
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